TOKYO (AP) _ Joey Meyer hit his 16th homer, one of 11 hits in support of Akio Saito’s five-hitter as the Yokohama Taiyo Whales beat the Yakult Swallows 4-1.
Catcher Shinichi Murata’s tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning led the Yomiuri Giants over the Hanshin Tigers 3-2.
At Nagoya, Masahiro Yamamoto tossed a six-hitter and Kazuyoshi Tatsunami singled home a game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Chunichi Dragons beat the visiting Hiroshima Toyo Carp 2-1.
In the Pacific League, the Seibu Lions and the Orix Braves fought to a 6-6 tie at Nishinomiya.
At Fujiidera, the Nippon Ham Fighters got 21 hits, including four home runs, to rout the Kintetsu Buffaloes 18-5.
The 18 runs were the most scored by a Japan league team this year.
Elsewhere, the Lotte Orions beat the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks 3-2 at Heiwadai.
SINGAPORE (AP) - Gillian Clarke and Gillian Gowers of England defeated Maria Bengtsson and C. Magnusson of Sweden 15-12, 15-13 to win the women’s doubles final in the Singapore Open Badminton Championship Saturday.
In the mixed doubles final, Jan-Eric Antonsson and Maria Bengtsson of Sweden defeated Jan Paulsen of Denmark and Gowers 9-15, 15-10, 15-7.
In the womens singles final, top seed Tang Jiuhong of China defeated second seeded Lee Yong-suk of South Korea 12-9, 11-3.
Malaysia’s Foo Kok Keong upset defending champion Zhao Jianhua of China 15-8, 10-15, 15-9 to take the men’s singles title. In the mens doubles final, Eddy Hartono and Gunawan of Indonesia, defeated Li Yongbo and Tian Bingyi of China 15-4, 15-8.
BAYSIDE, N.Y. (AP) - Top-seeded John James of Mount Kisco, N.Y., defeated Joe Bouquin of Danbury, Conn., 6-0, 6-1, to win the Eastern Masters clay court tennis championship for men 35 and over Saturday.
James, 38, a former Australian touring pro who owns victories over Bjorn Borg and Ilie Nastase, successfully defended his title in a match that took only one hour.
It was the fourth 35-and-over clay court tournament victory for James.
At one point in the match, James won seven straight games and 12 straight points.
BRASELTON, Ga. (AP) - Tommy Kendall took his third pole position of the season Saturday at Road Atlanta for the SCCA Olivetti Trans-Am Championship race.
Kendall, from LaCanada, Calif., took his Chevrolet Beretta around the 2.52- mile road course in 1:22.115 and averaged 110.48 mph to take the top grid position for Trans-Am’s eighth race of the season.
Scott Sharp, from Wilton, Conn., will sit alongside Kendall in the front row after posting a 1:22.332 qualifying time in his Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. Ron Fellows, of Ontario, Canada, was third fastest with a time of 1:22.618.